In the last few weeks, one of my brothers has gotten married and another has gotten engaged. It has been a whirlwind of family and celebrations and I have been soaking up every moment of it!
This past weekend we were together and had the joy of hearing proposal stories. My soon to be sister in law is a nurse, so when my brother surprised her by getting down on one knee and calling after her as they were walking--her response was "OH NO!" because she thought that he had fallen and was trying to get up--she didn't see the ring in his hand! We laughed at it and she is actually mortified that it was her response!
I laughed so hard at that! The reason I laughed is because we had our own proposal story. 18 year ago yesterday he asked me to marry him. We were in our favorite gazebo on the campus where I went to school. What we didn't know what that it had been taken over by hornets, and when he was on one knee--we got SWARMED! I am very allergic to stings, so we RAN full steam out of that gazebo to the truck--I escaped stings, but he sadly did not. We laughed about that for years. I have not thought about it in years, but it was funny for me to rethink. My soon to be sister in law who never had the pleasure of meeting Robert actually had the kindness to ask me how he proposed. I was so touched that she asked while she was celebrating her own engagement--there are not words for my gratitude!
She was even kind enough to ask my sister and I to participate in the planning of the wedding, and I am excited to help in any way that she needs! We were searching pintrest for wedding dresses and looking at ways to merge Irish and Italian traditions.
In all, we had a wonderful weekend of celebrating and I wish both of my brothers very long and happy marriages, I wish that they will get to grow old with their wives and see their children have children. I pray that they never have to join our widowed club here---but if they do--any of them, well at least there are many in our family who have walked this path. I just pray they never need our wisdom--I will happily pledge my love and support to their marriages!